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Science Courses

Our MRes students attend a number of different science courses in the Departments of Materials Science, Chemistry and Physics, which helps prepare them for truly interdisciplinary projects

The Science Courses on the NanoDTC MRes Programme are offered jointly with the M.Phil in Micro & Nano Technology Enterprise. The courses include:

  • Characterisation Techniques - Dr. Cate Ducati and Dr. Rachel Oliver
  • Nanofabrication Techniques - Dr. Zoe Barber and Prof. Mark Blamire
  • Nanomaterials - Dr. Rowan Leary
  • Nanochemistry - Dr. Stuart Clarke and Prof. Tuomas Knowles
  • Physics at the Nanometre-Scale - Dr. Vijay Narayan and Dr. Jason Robinson
  • Bionanotechnology - Prof. Ulrich Keyser and Dr. Ljiljana Fruk

Further details about the courses can be found on the M.Phil. in Micro and Nano Technology Enterprise Handbook

A highlight of scientific training at the NanoDTC is the Nano Self-Assembly course, which is unique in its scope as well as the way it is delivered. The Nano Self-Assembly course has been specifically developed for the NanoDTC, introducing flagship ideas and science related to the Centre’s theme.

In this course, the different forces that operate at the micro‐ and nano‐scale are covered with examples drawn from many areas. In particular how these forces influence assembly (either driven or self‐assembly) of micro‐ and nano‐structures, and the interplay between different components is discussed, including some of: non‐covalent interactions, Brownian motion, sedimentation and diffusion, surfactants and surface tension, surface thermodynamics and adsorption, micelles and geometric forces, mass action, packing and phase diagrams, microemulsions, surface bending energies, electrostatics in assembly, electric double layer, enthalpy and entropy stabilisation, and adhesion, multi‐wall stabilities. The aim is to give students a grounding in the different factors that influence assembly in a variety of situations to enable them to adopt a deep approach in devising strategies for building nanodevices and nanomaterials.
Examples will be drawn from a wide spectrum of Nano research including colloids, micelles, nanoparticles, block co-polymers, aggregates, and proteins.

The Nano self-assembly course has been developed by Prof. Jeremy Baumberg and is currently taught by Dr. Silvia Vignolini and Dr. Felix Deschler.


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